The Magical History of Phoebe and Her Unicorn

The Magical History of Phoebe and Her Unicorn

​For Dana Simpson’s Phoebe and Her Unicorn, the magic of friendship is right there in the title. In fact, it’s hard to imagine one without the other. But before Phoebe was “Phoebe,” and long before she had a unicorn, there was "Girl" — Simpson’s winning entry for AMU’s 2009 Comic Strip Superstar.

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Q&A with Squidtoons Creator Garfield Kwan

Q&A with Squidtoons Creator Garfield Kwan

Some of our favorite comics bring magic to life on the page, but fifth-year Ph.D. student and author Garfield Kwan finds the fantastic here in the real world with his book Squidtoons: Exploring Ocean Science with Comics. There's a lot of ocean to explore, so Kwan’s research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography keeps him very busy, but he took a quick study break to spill some insights on his work.

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KidQuake Recap with Kid Beowulf Author Lex Fajardo!

KidQuake Recap with Kid Beowulf Author Lex Fajardo!

Kid Beowulf author Lex Fajardo is here to talk all about his recent appearances, getting kids into classics, and sparking creativity through comics.

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Why Librarians Should Be Reading on the Job

Why Librarians Should Be Reading on the Job

"Do librarians spend all day reading?" It's a common question. While a library's staff might be surrounded by books, however, they don't flip through their selection for fun. Between weeding out damaged products, helping customers research a subject, or just handling the day-to-day circulation work, any on-the-job "reading" is typically all business, no pleasure. But Abby Hargreaves, a children's librarian in Washington D.C., is asking a new question: "If I modeled reading—if I modeled enjoying the act of reading—might it entice more kids to read?"

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Comics Comeback Hits with Librarians and Students Alike

Comics Comeback Hits with Librarians and Students Alike

The "graphic novel boom" is more than a passing fad in children's publishing. It's proof that kids have always loved comics, and now, thanks to librarians who see comics' potential in reaching readers of all ages, those stories are more accessible than ever.

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Eisner Awards: Wallace the Brave is Magic for All Ages

Eisner Awards: Wallace the Brave is Magic for All Ages

Each year, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards honor comics creators whose stories have made an impact on the imagination. This year, we're proud to congratulate Will Henry for nominations in both Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12) and Best Humor Publication! His series, Wallace the Brave, brings readers of all ages back into the magic of childhood, drawing inspiration from beloved classics like Calvin and Hobbes. School Library Journal describes Wallace as harkening "back to the joyous days of when kids were kids and were allowed to explore the great unknown barefoot, brave, but with a punchline added in sprinkles."

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Expert Tips for Early Literacy

Expert Tips for Early Literacy

​It's never too early to start nurturing literacy, but with so many ways to engage young readers, caregivers might not know where to start. Publishers Weekly asked three literacy experts to chime in from libraries across the world. Here are a few tried-and-true practices that not only teach kids how to read, but how to love reading.

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Building Literacy with Games like Minecraft

Building Literacy with Games like Minecraft

​It's easy to make a case for Minecraft as a teaching tool for science and math, but how can it help with English? What can a game about virtual building blocks do for reading and writing skills? According to recent studies, apparently quite a lot! Minecraft is surrounded by a "culture of literacy" that makes complex, jargony walkthroughs as engaging as the gameplay itself. "Games, it seems, can motivate kids to read—and to read way above their level," writes Wired reporter Clive Thompson.

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A Guide to Comics Kids Love to Read

A Guide to Comics Kids Love to Read

The best way to get a reluctant reader to read is with a book they'll actually like. And the thing about comics is kids really like them. A winning combo of words and pictures just makes sense in fostering literacy for visual learners. By stocking the library with a range of options—anything from classics like Calvin and Hobbes to contemporary favorites like Phoebe and Her Unicorn—students will be on track to a lifelong love of reading. For a complete guide on comics and graphic novels that are up for the task, check out BookRiot!

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17 Children's Books About Extraordinary Women

17 Children's Books About Extraordinary Women

As we close out March and Women's History Month, it's the perfect time to stock up on books celebrating women throughout the year. From timeless icon Frida Kahlo to contemporary trailblazer Malala Yousafzai, there's no shortage of pioneers with stories to tell. While countless women have gone down in history for all their accomplishments, you don't need a textbook to read about them. HuffPost has put together a list of 17 children's books to inspire the next generation of thinkers and doers.

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